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Millstream Back Road Stout - Millstream Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
84
good

257 Ratings
THE BROS
81
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Ratings: 257
Reviews: 146
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 11.83%
Wants: 8
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Millstream Brewing Company visit their website
Iowa, United States

Style | ABV
Oatmeal Stout |  6.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
The 'oatmeal' in the name is due the 5% oatmeal in the the grist of this brew. Oats give beer a real thick mouthfeel, something definitely desirable in a stout! Black malt and roasted barley give the beer its color, and coffee-like flavors. If you like thick full-bodied & smooth stout, this beer is for you!

22 IBU

(Beer added by: jt31914 on 06-19-2010)
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TheQuietMan22

Iowa

4.38/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Straight pour into a pint glass. The color is a sexy, completely opaque black. No light passed through when I held it to my lamp. Three fingers of thick, tan head developed and slowly dissipated to leave a foamy lacing and ring around the edge.

Smell: A mélange of dark chocolate, milk chocolate, a little toasted coffee, and hot, liquid raspberry Jell-O, like my mom used to make me when I was sick. Bill Cosby would be proud.

Taste: Much toastier than the aroma. The bitterness of toasted coffee malts is prevalent, but well balanced by the dark and milk chocolate. Even the hot, liquid raspberry Jell-O makes an appearance. The mouthfeel is thick and oh so deliciously stouty.

Drinkability: A solid stout and right down my alley. Loads of body and rich chocolate and coffee sensations. This one deserves a place on the mantel, dear.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2010 05:05:28 | More by TheQuietMan22
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EROCK75

Illinois

4/5  rDev +7.5%

03-18-2013 14:41:33 | More by EROCK75
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Chaz

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Medium pour produces a two-fingered medium-dark tan head. Head is very dense and tight, creamy/frothy, with good duration and lacing. Deep dark brown, almost black, and opaque. Notes of espresso and cocoa on the nose, along with roasted dark malts, a touch of lactic tang and a touch metallic. Big roasted malt notes on the first sip, followed by a creamy middle and roasted, chocalatey notes rounding it out at the finish. A bit of bitter green apple in there, but it's buried under the espresso notes. Colony Oatmeal Stout posesses the character of a sweet stout, and in fact is on the sweet side: think of a rich, milk chocolate confection or a really, really good chocolate malt at your favorite retro Malt Shop and you're on the right track - personally I love this one. The bitterness is rather mild, but it is there all the same. Not quite medium-bodied, but not exactly thin, either. Definitely smooth and creamy and with very good drinkability, it is also brewed with a lager yeast and as such this brew could make for the basis of an excellent Baltic Porter. My favorite brew from Millstream, I could drink this one all-day long - would love to try it one draught!
Served chilled, in a tumbler.
Purchased at Sid's (Dubuque, IA) as part of a sampler-pack

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2007 19:09:15 | More by Chaz
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RandyKemka

New York

4/5  rDev +7.5%

04-06-2014 21:50:53 | More by RandyKemka
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ThirstyBird

Germany

3.7/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to jwale73 for this bottle
A - Deep, dark brown with reddish highlights. Tan head falls to skim layer fairly quickly.
S - Nice roasty nose. Malt, coffee beans, brown sugar.
T - Very roasty, much less complex than the smell. little chocolate with a dry finish.
M/F - Medium body yet a little watery as well in the flavor. Active carbonation maybe a touch too much.
D - Pretty decent oatmeal stout. Don't love it yet certainly wouldn't turn it down if offered to me.

Serving type: on-tap

07-07-2009 22:18:51 | More by ThirstyBird
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badbeer

Iowa

3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Black color, creamy tan head. Smell is of cocoa and roasty, with some hops perceived as well, nice, but could have been stronger. There seems to be some sort of sourness in the taste, but luckily the roastiness overpowers it quickly and leads you to a tasting of oats and cocoa in the finish. Lower carbonation, nice creamy mouthfeel, medium bodied. I could definately see myself having more of this, could be improved in some areas, but is a pretty good local stout. Worth trying if you come across.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2006 06:20:05 | More by badbeer
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ChicagoNick

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

06-15-2014 17:29:46 | More by ChicagoNick
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Erdinger2003

Iowa

2.8/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

The pour gave a good head that fell, but it did not break right away. There is a little bit of lacing, but it falls when the glass is tipped. The color is a dark black like a stout should be.

The smell is like a good stout with slightly sweet coffee/chocolate smell, but there is something slightly off. It's a lighter malt smell. Perhaps mixed with dark coffee malts.

The taste is pretty light, still coffee/chocolate, but the body isn't very thick and the finish is clean and doesn't stay with you. The lighter malts are in the body more than the coffee malts and it takes away from the flavor of stouts I like and are more accepted.

The mouthfeel is well carbonated, but not prominent. It is a slightly smooth water bit of a mouthfeel.

I know it's not too far and I would give this to friends as a transition beer into other types of beer that are labeled "dark beers" by uneducated drinkers.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2006 06:17:41 | More by Erdinger2003
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WJVII

Wisconsin

3.3/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

BOM from June 2009. Poured into a pint glass this brew has a slick oil like color with a thick creamy off white head that dissipated quickly and did not leave much lacing on the glass. The aroma was of chocolate and some sweet raisin. Mild malts and some yeast. The taste falls flat and is not as bold as the aroma would lead you to believe. This is an ok stout, but I have had better.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2009 01:28:50 | More by WJVII
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aquatonex

New York

3.2/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

BOTM offering...

Pours a deep brown-black, quite opaque, don't see much light going through at all. Good carbonation, a little head around the edge, creamy. Nose was extremely smoky with a lot of coffee up front, a bit too much. After sitting a little bit the intensity subsided and a balance was achieved. There is a bit of alcohol acridness in the nose as well. Taste was the same way, crazy amounts of overly smoky coffee (almost burnt) and then subsiding as it sat for a short time, becoming creamier but still maintaining a hefty coffee toasty flavor. Alcohol peeks through again. Altogether could be quite good, the balance is decent but the alcohols break the flow a bit.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2006 03:23:19 | More by aquatonex
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King_KongDCO93

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

12-19-2012 16:28:07 | More by King_KongDCO93
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ILikeGoodCider

California

3.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed on 08.01.09 as part of a BOTM club selection. Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a 14oz pint glass.

A: Ink black-brown color w/ a light tan-1/4 inch head that dissipates leaves fast. No lacing.

S: Initial nose had roasted malt & nuts. Dark roasted malts, chocolate and slight coffee after a few heavy sniffs.

T: As pleasantly expected - dark, sweet malts & dark fruit (dates?) up front w/a dry spicy hop & coffee finish to it.

M & D: Awfully smooth consider the good carbs. Creamy yet lager-ish. A session beer for sure.

A fine lagered stout. Thanks to my buddy for the BOTM membership. I don't believe I would have been able to try any of the Millstream brews otherwise.

Well-played, Millstream.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2009 06:59:11 | More by ILikeGoodCider
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DemoniChris

Nebraska

3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

01-01-2014 04:48:59 | More by DemoniChris
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DesMoinesMike

Iowa

3.6/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

When I poured out this brew into my perfect pour glass I had visions of this being what BP was dumping into the Gulf because it's so dark, pitch black.

This beer is black and as thick as some chowders I've had (not that this in anyway resembles chowder in aroma or taste) I was afraid it would stick to the sides of the bottle. It didn't. The aorma was coffee, perhaps some cocoa. The taste was light, earthy coffee with toffee perhaps. It had a slight twang and finished with one. It was decent enought to go for another one.

OK, the label is confusing the shit out of me. It looks like a guy putting the moves on grandma at a barn picnic while the dog is watching. WTF is going on in that picture?!

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2010 16:49:28 | More by DesMoinesMike
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BeerWithMike

Nebraska

4.21/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Sampling right now on 1/24/14. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees in my beer cooler and poured into a brandy snifter.

Pours a very dark brown/almost black in color with just a thing beige head seen. Spotty lacing is seen with each sip. The aroma is of dark roasted malts, black coffee with a hint of chocolate. The taste is actually even better with the roasted malts/coffee coming right though that ends with a slight chocolate finish. No bitter or harsh finish on this one! Goes down very easy and is very enjoyable to drink.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2014 23:07:07 | More by BeerWithMike
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DCdevyl78

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

03-17-2014 22:56:30 | More by DCdevyl78
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sloejams

California

3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The label on this is a bit confusing. The sash on it say "Colony Oatmeal Stout" but in smaller lettering underneath it states "Lager". Hrmmmm. There are freshness months listed but none checked.

It pours dark as night with virtually no head. The aroma is roasted malt and wood-burning stove - not smoky though. The malt is the most notably charachteristic on the palate. I find very little oatmeal. It's drinkable, nothing terribly interesting or exciting. Perhaps it's a bit thin too to style.

Not worth going out of the way for, but then again it's from Iowa. Nothing about Iowa is worth going out of the way for. :P

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2006 18:37:15 | More by sloejams
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AmericanGothic

Iowa

4.22/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Peace Tree pint. Bottled in October.

A: Pours a nearly opaque, dark brown color with one-half finger of dark tan head. Good retention and lace.

S: Sweet milk chocolate, a little chickory and coffee. Pretty good stuff.

T: Very smooth start, chocolate gradually swells and then has a hint of cherry and minerals, slowly fades into lightly bitter coffee with some roasted notes. Unexpectedly complex and pretty unique.

M: Not too heavy, solid, soda-like carbonation keeps it buoyant.

O: Very pleased with this one. Good flavor and interesting profile. After an afternoon of raking leaves, this is really hitting the spot. Will definitely buy again.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2011 23:58:27 | More by AmericanGothic
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hanco005

Minnesota

3.98/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, part of my beer of the month club membership, freshness date is not notched on the bottle, poured into a pint glass

A—pours solid onyx, no light whatsoever, with a ½ inch dark brown fizzy head, fades away quickly, no lacing is produced

S—lots of smells are combined in this one, mocha, java, oats, it’s bittersweet and very fragrant

T—lighter than I expected, it’s coffee, chocolate, oats, biscuit, the combination of tastes is very nice

M—very smooth, full bodied, medium carbonation


D—this is good, a good selection for the winter I think.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2006 14:31:24 | More by hanco005
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andy1701

Florida

4/5  rDev +7.5%

04-16-2014 13:03:57 | More by andy1701
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wellsnb

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

04-27-2014 14:28:33 | More by wellsnb
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spoonhawk

Iowa

2/5  rDev -46.2%

11-23-2011 23:44:20 | More by spoonhawk
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orangemoustache

Illinois

3.23/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-pours nearly pitch black with some brown tones at the edges,it has a chocolaty looking head that dissapears at an alarming rate of speed and zero lacing is seen

S-this is the first Oatmeal Stout I have had that has smelled anything like oatmeal,it smells of dry burnt oats,and toasted wheat

T-dry old fasioned chocolate donuts,coffees,some hoppy bitterness midway,and a somewhat dissapointing dry finish,the bottom just kind of falls out of this one

M-medium to light body,with very low carbonation,and again a dry finish that just did'nt flow very well

D-a decent Stout for anyone wanting a change from average Dry Stouts,but,not one that I will revisit on purpose

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2008 23:06:38 | More by orangemoustache
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SD-Alefan

South Dakota

4/5  rDev +7.5%

01-25-2014 03:19:03 | More by SD-Alefan
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Allurex

Kansas

3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

11-21-2013 06:32:35 | More by Allurex
Millstream Back Road Stout from Millstream Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 257 ratings.